Gardner is requesting public feedback regarding its new city ordinance on fireworks. Currently, the ordinance allows residents to shoot fireworks on July 3 and July 4.
Residents are encouraged to take the survey to provide input regarding the details of the ordinance. To access the survey visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gardnerfireworkssurvey. It will remain open until Nov. 21.
Until this year, fireworks were illegal within the city limits. In March, the city council voted to allow fireworks on July 3 and 4.
Not all residents were pleased with the change and voiced concerns in July.
The online survey deals primarily with time amendments rather than whether the change should be overturned; however, there is a place to write in comments.
Violations under the 2016 change would be an unclassified misdemeanor, punishable by a fine in an amount not to exceed $500 and/or confinement in the county jail for a period not to exceed one month. Specific information regarding the city’s new ordinance can be found on the city’s website.
Also under the new Gardner ordinance, the sale of fireworks is permitted from June 28 thru July 4 within the city limits. Five permits were issued in 2016